1. eduglean

    Hmm, very refreshing post here, George. Nice to hear someone else say they are not a tech 'God'…but more that it's just about having a good tech-sense, remembering what has working in the past, and knowing how to get answers from people who know. Love your site – keep it up! Paul

  2. Sue

    I agree that it's about headset. We want our staff and students to be risk takers and problem solvers so we need to model that the sky doesn't fall in if something doesn't pan out. 'Help', 'reset', 'undo' and the many 'forums' are the first port of call for me.
    Mindset is responsible for many blockers.
    Great post.

  3. Mary

    I agree big time! I love helping others but I don't want to do it for others and there is a difference. Setting up my blog was a two week project with a massive learning curve and many many frustrations and mistakes. But I got there in the end and learnt so much on the way. I find that when some colleagues ask for help, it is really code for will you do it for me? I am very happy to share what I know but people need to realize that the learning takes time and effort. I love the idea of mindset over skill set and I think I may borrow this phrase! I also often find that once you can entice someone to sit with the problem and nut it out, the satisfaction is great and it often instills the desire and capacity to learn more.
    Cheers George,

  4. Kelly

    Hi George, I enjoyed your post and often feel my time is taken to fix other problems leaving me little time to get into my mindset to try new things. Also, I am more often feeling disgruntled because my time is spent developing other tech-ped-knowledge when no investment is made to help me further mine.Which I also do in my spare time. So can we differentiate teachers' tech-ped-knowledge or can we give them a device over the summer and let them gut up to par? Is there or should there be a level of comprehension/ability expected nowadays?


  5. catherinems

    Dear George, your dad sounds a lot like mine. We were one of the first people to get a VCR in our neighbourhood too (Dad travelled a lot and got tired of missing the end of the series he was watching). We could program one too.

    Most of my technology skills are self taught. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, education has unique uses for technology, so general courses are often to relevant. Secondly, they like to lock you in to a beginning, intermediate, advanced process and don't often let you jump in to where you are. Life is too short to sit through that.

  6. Shane Pilkie

    Hi George, I like your thinking in this area. Mindset, rather than skill set plays a critical role in learning. Trying, exploring and trying again are crucial steps in learning and are also some of the reasons that some people appear more 'tech savvy' than others – it's the willingness to explore, 'click the button' without excessive fear of what might happen as a result. We have to take risks in order to learn and technology actually creates environments where we can explore without great risk to self – the worst that can happen is that you need to reset/restore your device.

  7. RCosby

    This post will be shared with my staff!!! For the sake of our students we have to grow and evolve period!

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